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Comment Re:An obviously bad move (Score 2) 211

They're moving towards a standard based on Chromes current extension API, the standard is also being used by Edge. Creating, and using an industry standard ends up reducing the burden for many extension developers, sure someone might have something tightly knit to the old Firefox API but they've now had several years advanced warning to fix it.

Comment No.... (Score 1) 369

It seems likely that most IoT devices will rely on a central hub which leaves the devices as relatively dumb. The hub (or the cloud) side will likely be a less constrained environment so will use a higher level language.

The other factor is that the thing side has a manufacturing component so will probably be commoditized by Chinese manufacturers and relatively few jobs will exist outside.

Submission + - Microsoft Holding Off On Patch Tuesday Release (microsoft.com)

8127972 writes: Today is Patch Tuesday. That’s the day that Microsoft releases updates and fixes that ensure that all your Microsoft software won’t get pwned by hackers. Oh yeah, some bugs might also get fixed along the way. But if you’re responsible for deploying these updates in your company, you likely have the rest of the afternoon off based on this:

Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today.

After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.


I'm pretty sure this has never happened before as I cannot recall a time when Microsoft has NOT released updates on Patch Tuesday.

Submission + - Superbugs being treated with Brazilian Traditional Medicine (nature.com)

tomhath writes: A recently published study identifies the active compounds in fruits of the Brazilian Peppertree that help heal wounds while also blocking the ability of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa to necrotize flesh. From the report:

One of the earliest written records concerning the use of S. terebinthifolia date back to 1648 when it was described by Dutch naturalist, Willem Piso, in his book Historia Naturalis Brasiliae... It is included in the Brazilian Pharmacopoeia and has served as a staple in Brazilian traditional medicine for its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory qualities in the treatment of wounds and ulcers as well as for urinary and respiratory infections. Bark extracts have demonstrated antibacterial activity against several pathogens, including S. aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Aspergillus species. Bark extracts were also found to be active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and were effective against peritonitis when injected into the abdominal cavity of rats...

Very little is known, however, regarding the chemistry and bioactivity of the fruits, which were used traditionally as topical poultices for infected wounds and ulcers. Furthermore, while many studies have focused on growth inhibitory, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties of this plant, none have examined its potential as a source of anti-virulence drugs.


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